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Part of our in-depth series exploring Southern Early American Forts

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
P.O. Box 434
Dover, Tennessee 37058
Phone Headquarters:
Phone: 931-232-5348 ext. 0
Fort Donelson Visitor Center: Phone: 931-232-5706 ext. 0
Fax: 931-232-6331

Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves Fort Donelson and Fort Heiman, two sites of the American Civil War.

Hours

Fort Donelson visitor center is opened daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and Janurary 1.

Admission

None

Location/Directions

Plane
The area is served by airports in Nashville and Jackson, TN or Paducah, KY. Car rental services are available.

Car
The park is located in Dover, Tennessee, northwest of Nashville. From Nashville, take I-24W to Clarksville (Exit 4). Take a left on Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Stay on this highway until you reach 101st Airborne Division Pkwy. Take a right at this intersection. This highway will change into Hwy. 374. From Hwy 374, turn right on Hwy. 79 South. Follow signs to Dover (approximately 30 miles). The visitor center is one mile west of the town.

From Paducah, KY: Take Interstate 24 East to exit 31.  South on Hwy 453 to Land Between the Lakes (LBL).  Follow the Trace road through LBL to US Hwy 79.  Left on US Hwy 79 approximately 1.3 miles to Battlefield Entrance.

From Murray, KY: Take 641S to Hwy 121. Once you reach Hwy 79 at Paris Landing, take a left. Follow signs to the park (approximately 13 miles)

Communities and Related Links
Fort Donelson National Battlefield (NPS)
Dover, Tennnessee

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